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Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day-“A Watched Pot Never Boils.”

17 Jun

” A watched pot never boils, yet an unwatched pot burns your dinner to a nasty crazy crisp.” (Ask me how I know.)


Here’s my tip for the day… when you sauté an entire huge red onion, do not, and I repeat, do not step away from the stove to get on your iPad to delete your old nonessential and annoying photos.

I have an older iPad that had been sitting in a drawer for a couple of years. I charged that baby up and was looking through some old photos, well over 10,000. I think that’s why I bought a new one. It was too full. I know, you’re going to ask, why don’t you upload them on your laptop? Well, I tried that. My old laptop is just as quirky and obsolete as I am.

Anyway, back to the watched pot. I put the diced onions in a covered frying pan to sauté on low while I started to delete old photos. Well, I got carried away. I had so many old quotes, redundant sunsets, dozens of meals, cupcakes, people I didn’t even recognize, and on the top of my list was deleting old photos of the old dogs and the old husband. (That felt pretty good.)

About two thousand deleted photos later, I was on a roll when smelled something burning. Yikes! I totally forgot about the onions. I was engrossed in deleting my old life.

The good news is, I had another onion. So, I cleaned up that mess and started again. This time…NO stepping away from the stove. Then, I diced up four or five left over boiled potatoes, and topped with some Monterey Jack cheese. I warmed up some flour tortillas, added a little Bernard’s Gourmet Foods salsa, and voila. The perfect homemade veggie burritos. Yum?

Sometimes you have to burn a few burritos and burn a few bridges. Well worth it.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tedious Tip of the Day

29 Apr

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”

~Benjamin Franklin


Here’s my organizing tip of the day… Before you tackle a huge organizing project, make sure you have an unlimited amount of time to commit. Guess what folks, I have an unlimited amount of time on my hands.

I’ve been working on organizing my “crap room” upstairs for a couple of weeks. To be honest, it looks worse than when I started, because I’m literally pulling everything apart and going through every box and bin and bag. Oh yes, I’m also busy admiring every painting, sketch, drawing, photo, and craft while I’m shuffling things around. (Believe me, it’s a lot worse than it looks.)

What I didn’t expect was to spend about an hour just sorting one bin of paint brushes. Did you know that those little throw away foam brushes actually disintegrate after a couple of years? Yes, they do, and they make a big dusty mess.

Remember this mess because this room will be so organized somewhere around Christmas, if I’m really diligent. Maybe not this Christmas, maybe next year.

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” If this is true, by the time I’m done, I will have earned about 20 years. Wish me luck.

And for a pleasant surprise at the end of my day, my friend Karen stopped by and left a bouquet of sunflowers on my front porch. Yes, I’m very blessed.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

22 Apr

“Don’t let a single sunset slip past you unnoticed. Appreciate each day as if it was your last. You never know?”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was just a gorgeous warm sunny day today. This afternoon, after my daily meditations, I sat out in the back. my face bathing in the sun. Something about morning meditation makes you all calm and zen-like, at least for a little while.

A few phone calls and messages later, it was time for a nice long hot shower. I was looking forward to driving over to Miss Pat’s to do a curbside pic-up of food. About once a week, one of the girlfriends makes dinner for “the gang,” and the others add a dessert or side dish. Then, those who live further away, well, we can do curbside pickup. I go and pick up food for me and Jerry. I drop off Jerry’s dinner, then come home for my feast. Today was Taco Tuesday.

Today, Miss Pat outdid herself with homemade taco salad, and there was strawberry short cake and her world famous cookies. I haven’t been eating much dinner lately, but I devoured the whole thing. Except for dessert. That’s for later. Maybe tomorrow.

Thank you Miss Pat!!!

TIP #1- When you make friends, make friends that like to cook and bake.

After I ate, it was time for my walk. Woa! Not so easy to walk on a really full tummy. But, I love my evening walks. It was really cloudy this evening, so there was no spectacular sunset, but that’s OK. I saved my photos from last night. Last night the sunset was SO amazing.

TIP#2 “Don’t let a single sunset slip past you unnoticed. Appreciate each day as if it was your last. You never know?”

See those spectacular colors! Those are the actual colors, no adjustments, apps, or photoshop.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

30 Oct

“Always listen to small children. They are the sincerest and wisest people.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, Gamma duty is officially over. Mom and Dad got home this afternoon, and I survived without incident. Whew! Oh, my little grand-daughters shared so many hugs and kisses… and their colds, runny noses and sore throats. Well worth the price of admission.

Tip of the day: Here’s what I learned from my little grandchildren. We should all follow this advice. Eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, wear exactly what you want every day, and make all your demands clearly known by screaming them out at the top of your lungs until all your demands are met.

More food Gamma, and make it snappy!

Apply makeup like this… you always want to look pretty.

Keep a tidy house. You never know when you’re going to have company.

Life is like a board game. Sometimes you have to be sorry and occasionally some of the pieces are missing. Move on.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tips for Today~ Jammed Garbage Disposal

18 Sep

“If at first you don’t succeed, look it up on YouTube.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My kitchen was a mess, the dishes were piled in the sink, and I finally talked myself into doing some housework after much procrastination. The dishes, bowls, glasses and pots and pans were all neatly stacked in the dishwasher, all that was left to do was to clean up all that sludgy residue in the sink and scoot it down the garbage disposal. I turned on the water and turned on the disposal and heard…CRUNCHHHHHH. Oops! I turned it off, stuck my hand inside and found half a mutilated plastic fork. Then, I ran the water and turned it on again. Now, it only hummed. I turned it off, and put my hand in there again, trying to wiggle the blades. A few seconds later, the humming stopped and it was totally silent. Oh no! Will I have to call a plumber?

Toni’s Tips for Today


Tip#1- When you feel guilty about a messy house, just feel guilty and go sit down with a glass of wine and binge watch Downton Abbey or something. A clean house will just get messy again.

Tip#2- Don’t ever put your hand down into a jammed or clogged garbage disposal.

Tip#3- Say a thank you prayer to Saint Joseph, patron saint of home repair, BECAUSE you didn’t observe tip #2 and stuck your hand in the jammed garbage disposal, retrieving half a mutilated plastic fork with all your fingers still in tact.

Tip#4-If at first you don’t succeed, look it up on YouTube.


I watched the video, looked in the garage in my toolbox for a hex wrench. I found a different tool that didn’t work, so I had to wait till the next morning to go to Lowes to buy the proper tool.

I love hardware stores. So many shiny tools and thing-a-majiggies. When I got home, I rewatched the video again, opened my new jam-buster wrench, got a broom and followed directions. I used the tool and wiggled it back and forth in that slot. The tool started to move, but it still wouldn’t work. Then, I remembered the reset button. VOILA! I un-jammed my disposal all by myself.

I Googled how much it would have cost to call a professional plumber.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Garbage Disposal? Most garbage disposals cost about $250 to fix, including labor. This total ranges from $70 to $400. Labor for a plumber run around $80 an hour but varies between professionals.

HomeAdvisor.com › cost › kitchens

2019 Garbage Disposal Repair Costs | Fix or Replace a Disposal …

WOW! My jam-buster tool, $7.99.

“I AM AMAZING!” Not to mention brilliant.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day:) Keep Brownies Moist for Days

3 Apr

“When you make as many brownies as I do, it’s nice to share your tips and tricks with other bakers.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


To say that I bake a lot of brownies and cupcakes would be an understatement. Sometimes I need to bake the night before an event, and I learned a long time ago the trick about putting some fresh bread inside or along side the baked goods to keep things moist. In a pinch, when I’m out of bread, I’ve used a slice of apple to keep the moisture in. Just keep the container covered. It really works. It also keeps the frosting on cupcakes from getting crusty and hard.

Here’s my tip for today…


Tuesday:) Toni’s Timely Weather Tip of the Day

9 Oct

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”

― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat


Again! More relentless rain. I drove to Zumba this morning with threatening clouds on the way, then returned home an hour later with black clouds and pelting rain. That was over seven hours ago, and there are no signs of a cease fire. Or should I say cease water?

So, here are my very timely and well tested and Toni approved tips for a rainy day…

1. If it rains all day with no end in sight… take a nap. (You can’t go out and play. Especially if you only had five hours of sleep.)

2. Before you take a nap, drink a tall glass of water so you don’t have to set your alarm in fear of sleeping all day. (Better than an alarm clock. I know.)

3. Disregard tip 2. Because you’ll have to get up to go to the bathroom three or four times and won’t be able to fall asleep. (Ask me how I know?)

4. After the second or third time having to get up to go to the bathroom, grab your favorite stuffed animal or real animal for comfort, then try to fall asleep, despite the pelting rain against the windows. (My son Matt brought this little lion back for me from South Africa when he went for the World Cup. He went with only a backpack, yet brought his momma back a special souvenir gift. I’ll always treasure it.)

5. When all else fails, just get up and have a nice cup of tea, some pecan pie with a big scoop of sea salt caramel ice cream. (I never did fall asleep. Maybe I was just hungry.)

6. Last but not least, put on your raincoat, grab your tools, and get back out into the yard and finish working on the ark. You’re gonna need it. (Don’t forget the animals, two by two. No mosquitos, scorpions or snakes, please.)

Tuesday:) Tip of the Day~ Put Visitors to Work

22 Aug

“When your sister comes for a long visit, put her to work. That’ll teach her.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.”

Demi Lovato


My sister is visiting for two and a half weeks, so I wanted to make her feel at home. What better way to feel at home than to do some housework and outdoor chores. She asked if she could help with anything. Who am I to deny her request?

I’m having a new house anniversary celebration in a couple of days, so I wanted to clean the patio and outdoor furniture. I hosed down the concrete floor and metal furniture, then handed her the patio furniture sealer. She polished all the furniture and straightened up the patio while I went for a walk. (She offered.) I’m not afraid to ask for help anymore.

The backyard looks great, doesn’t it?

My tip for the day…If someone offers to help you, take them up on it. That’ll teach ’em.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Ten Timely Tips

4 Jul

Memory embellishes Life. Forgetfulness makes it possible.

Romare Bearden


I had ten timely tips for you today…but unfortunately, I’m getting old, so I can only remember a few of them. That’s not bad. “Better like nothing.” I love that phrase. My sweet little mother-in-law had the most delightful expressions. She has been gone for many years, but her Lithuanian/English language expressions still make me smile.

Tip #1~ Visual reminders are a must. I am always baking brownies, cupcakes, cookies etc., so I go through a lot of eggs. I used the last of my eggs the other day, but when I went to the store Sunday, I forgot to buy eggs. I didn’t write it down, but I usually forget my list anyway. So, I put the empty container on the kitchen counter to visually remind me constantly until the next grocery store visit. Then, because I was really desperate, I put the container on the middle console of my car. This, made it impossible to forget. Try it…it works.

Tip #2~ Never, I repeat never give up your phone landline if you are always misplacing your cell phone. The Find my iPhone app works fine if you lose your phone somewhere else, (I’ve used that a few times) but when you misplace it at home, unfortunately, the app doesn’t say,”You left your phone in the closet next to your gym shoes, dummy.” It just shows that it’s somewhere in your location. So, this morning, when I couldn’t find my cell phone, I used my landline and called the cell. Then, I walked around listening from room to room. Oops! It was buried under the covers on my bed where I left it after hitting the snooze button for the third time.

Tip #3~ If you’re always forgetting to take out the garbage, place the container in front of the door, so you can’t leave without doing the job. When I played tennis, I’d put my tennis racket bag in front of the door so I wouldn’t forget my racket. Don’t want to forget something, put it in front of the door so you can’t leave without the reminder. (Note: It doesn’t work if you don’t want to forget one of the children. They don’t stand still that long.)

Tip #4~ If all else fails, use a Post It Note for reminders. These sticky notes are a great invention. But again, they only work if you remember to write it down and see the note. My best tip and last resort is to post it on my person. I’ve been known to do this. Remember when you were little and the kindergarten teacher would safety-pin the notes that needed to go home to parents? Well, that’s only if you’re as old as me. Now, everything is done via internet. Back in the 50’s, we didn’t have internet. We had safety-pins.


Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~ Key” To Success

24 Jan

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

~Alexander Graham Bell


I’m always amazing myself at my amazingness. (Is that even a word? Amazingness?) I needed to change the locks on my three doors. I had contemplated calling a locksmith, but I remembered that when I moved into my house, the builder showed me how the Kwikset lock system worked. All my doors had these locks. I didn’t pay much attention, because he re-keyed all the locks.

I decided to do what every clever and inquisitive techno savvy person does. I watched a few YouTube videos about resetting keys for the Kwikset locks. I didn’t need to change the locks, just reset New keys.

Now, here’s the first tip. If you are building a new house, or changing your locks, start out with the Kwikset locks. I looked them up to see if they were expensive. They are pretty darn cheap.

Then, all you have to do is go to the hardware store and buy the Re-Key Kit. It came with four new keys and two temporary keys. I paid a whopping $11.88 with tax.

I was able to change the keys on all three locks in less than twenty minutes.

Another tip, I put a dab of red nail polish on the keys for easier recognition. So now, I have changed the keys on all my doors, all by myself, and it cost me less than $12. I’m pretty sure a locksmith would have charged me a whole lot more.

Yep, I am amazing!

Last tip…have confidence in yourself. You can do anything you put your mind to. Also, don’t forget Google and YouTube videos.